The second stage of the Mille Miglia 2023 ended on Wednesday evening with the arrival in Rome. From today, the Freccia Rossa convoy heads towards the finish line in Brescia and crosses Tuscany through the Val d’Orcia with a scenic stop in Siena’s Piazza del Campo.
The “most beautiful race in the world”, as Enzo Ferrari called it, presents something new this year: there are five days for the 420 classic cars admitted to the race, lasting from 13 to 20 minutes between time measurements, average tests and stamp checks June 17, begins and ends in Viale Venezia in Brescia.
Daughter of the “Mille Miglia Cup”, the speed race born from an idea of the Brescian drivers Aymo Maggi, Renzo Castagneto and Franco Mazzotti together with the journalist Giovanni Canestrini, the Mille Miglia was reborn as a regularity race in stages with historic cars that lasted until 1957 were manufactured (year of the last edition with the original formula).
The approximately 1,600-kilometre Brescia-Rome ‘Circular’ route follows, with some variations, the original route from which the race’s name is derived.
Among the novelties of this edition is the presence of a self-propelled Maserati MC20 Cielo on the grid. The car, equipped by the Milan Polytechnic with Cisco technology for “dialogue” with the escort vehicles, will cover around 200 kilometers in total autonomy.
The protests in Forlì for the passage of the Freccia Rossa in the flooded areas
The commitment of the organization that manages the historical re-enactment in raising funds for the communities of Emilia-Romagna affected by the floods was not enough to prevent the controversy during Tuesday’s first stage, which ended with the arrival in Cervia-Maritime Milan ended.
The parade of vintage cars through the streets of Forlì sparked conflicting opinions among citizens, with the blatant protest of a group who lined up along the route with boots, shovels and protest signs.